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Benkay Japanese Restaurant

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2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
207-773-5555
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 94
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Sushi & Maki Rolls

Have been to Benkay several times in the last year. Always warm and friendly staff with very good service and most knowledgeable about the menu. The Benkay box is a big hit and it changes daily. The Maki Rolls are divine and especially the Benkay roll, our all time favorite. Not a huge sushi fan... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
Richard V
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Casco, Maine
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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159 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Casco, Maine
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Have been to Benkay several times in the last year. Always warm and friendly staff with very good service and most knowledgeable about the menu. The Benkay box is a big hit and it changes daily. The Maki Rolls are divine and especially the Benkay roll, our all time favorite. Not a huge sushi fan but plenty on the menu... More 

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Gilford
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

January is not the most hospitable month to visit Portland, but we wanted fresh sushi so Portland it was. We decided to try someplace new as our favorite Japanese restaurant is not as pleasant as when you can sit outside. So Benkay was our choice. We arrived just before noon and the place filled up quickly after us. The fish... More 

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Maine
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

There are a number of good Japanese Restaurants in Portland but we found their menu was pricy in comparison to others around when the food and service does not stand out.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

On a most recent trip to Portland, a friend took us here to eat for lunch. It's located in a great area of Portland and has a parking lot where you can park your car. The place is big and the servers are nice. We ended up getting the "brunch" special and I have to say, it has the most... More 

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Portland, Maine
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Three of us ordered complete meals. Tempura dinner served with tiny bowl of rice (maybe 1/4 cup), for $18. We asked for more rice, another tiny bowl was brought out, $ 2 added to our bill. Food was fine. But padding the bill just doesn't make me want to come back. I don't know if the cruise ships keep them... More 

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Went here for lunch with a group thinking it would be really amazing sushi but was unimpressed. Got a selection of 3 rolls, which were of fine quality but uninteresting. Atmosphere is nothing special. If you're looking for simple sushi, it's fine, but I don't think we'll go here again. Was looking for something with more of a "wow" factor.

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Burlington, Vermont
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Service was cordial, with a smile. The atmosphere wasn't great, but who cares when food is good. The price is average, not the super fancy price tag nor cheap.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I had teriyaki salmon - it was cooked perfectly - wonderful! Also great sushi, fried calamari. . . and great service. Outside of the restaurant doesn't look like much, but don't let that fool you! A top-notch restaurant.

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Peaks Island, Maine, United States
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Although the very special Benkay Roll is super, all the other menu items are terrific and 'ichiban'. Well worth a stop on any travellers' trip !

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Brentwood, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

in Longfellow Square and the Art District. Very friendly staff. The timing between plates was a bit stretched out. the Sushi/Sashimi was fair.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 207-773-5555

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?